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10 Intersections To Be Screwed By SaMo's Trailer Park Killer
Curbed LA

2012 Year In Review: Social Media ("But even as agencies flocked to social networks, they often struggled to use these new communication channels effectively. And that’s where 2013 comes into play. Going forward, social media use needs to become more sophisticated. Truly engaging with residents means more than simply posting links to press releases -- it means two-way communication and keeping social media pages active with current content on a regular basis.")
Government Technology

Bike Path's "Missing Link" Poses Problems For Neighbors, Bikers
Orange County Register

Fare Hike Proposal Includes $112 Monthly MetroCard, $2.50 Single Ride (New York)
Wall Street Journal

Free Bus, Train Rides On Christmas And New Year's Eves

Highway Deaths At Lowest Level Since 1949; Bike, Truck Fatalities Rise
Los Angeles Times

Holiday Shopping On The Fly (An increasing number of holiday gifts are being purchased at airports)
New York Times

I-710 Expansion Plan Proposed In Pasadena
KABC Los Angeles

[D.C.] Metro Examines Fatigue Among Bus, Rail Operators
Washington Post

Mobile App Finds Available Parking (" The free app, called "Parker", features a map displaying the user's location and the number and location of parking spaces currently available. The app also provides detailed information about parking rates, time limits and more. Voice guidance alerts motorists to available spaces to make the parking experience even smoother.")
Government Technology

More Expo Development Hate: Pols Attack Sepulveda Mixed-Use
Curbed LA

Najarian Metro Board Seat In Danger Over Opposition To 710 Big Dig
StreetsBlog LA

New Hampshire Weighs Selling Naming Rights To Bridges And Overpasses
AASHTO Journal

New IDEAs For Highway Systems: Annual ProgressReport, January 2013 (241p. PDF)
Transportation Research Board

NY MTA Enters 21st Century: You Can Now Claim A Lost Or Stolen Metrocard Online
Transportation Nation

Obama Administration Again Calls For $50 Billion In Infrastructure Spending In Fiscal Cliff Talks
AASHTO Journal

OCTA Board Leaves Leadership Post In Limbo ("Board will wait until January to decide what to do about an illegal vote that appointed an inside candidate to the agency’s $255,000-a-year executive post.")
Orange County Register

Opinion: Better Living Through Information -- Big Data And Urban Systems ("The amount of available urban data will soon overwhelm the number of people trained to work with it. The McKinsey Global Institute has projected that “The United States alone faces a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with analytical expertise and 1.5 million managers and analysts with the skills to understand and make decisions based on the analysis of big data.” Several academic institutions are working to meet this growing demand. NYU is bullish enough on big data that they will be supporting 50 full-time senior researchers in this area through their Center for Urban Science and Progress over the next five years, and in 2013 they will begin offering a graduate degree in Urban Science and Informatics geared toward producing graduates for public agencies, private data providers, startups, and non-governmental organizations.")

Opinion: Stop New Freeway Toll Lanes
San Bernardino Sun

Pico Rivera Dedicates Passons Boulevard Underpass
Whittier Daily News

Public Transit Advocates Tout Ridership Growth To Warn Against Budget Cuts
The Hill

A Roundabout Freeway For Pedestrians In China (Must-see photos)

State DOT CEOs Throw Support Behind Nation's High-Speed Rail Program During T&I Hearing
AASHTO Journal

Three California Commuter Rail Projects Get State Funds

Top 10 Books: 2013 ("Planetizen is pleased to release its eleventh annual list of the ten best books in urban planning, design and development published in 2012.")

Transit To Jobs Equals Economy ("Trying to market a city without transit is like trying to sell a cell phone without a camera...What is transit's role in the economy? How important is it to job growth? We know transit is essential in densely populated areas, but how can it be useful in less densely populated areas? Should transit systems prioritize work commutes over other kinds of travel? How should cities and towns develop and market their transit systems? What is the future for transit?")
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog
How Transit Benefits The Economy
Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard Blog

What To Do When The Bus Doesn't Come And You Want To Scream. An Experiment

Who Made That Subway Signage? ("When Noorda and his partner Massimo Vignelli took on the subway signs, they didn’t just update them -- they invented what they thought of as a new grammar for New York City.")
New York Times

World's Second Most Polluted City Turns To Buses ("Ulan Bator [Mongolia] has more than 210,000 registered vehicles, almost quadruple the number in 2006...Now the authorities hope to alleviate the gridlock by spending more than $200 million on a bus rapid transit system (BRT), in the hope that commuters can be tempted out of their vehicles.")

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